An MNS Perak Bird Group birding trip was organized to Bukit Larut on 22-24 February 2013. It was a 3D2N stay in Angkasa Bungalow (1036m asl), an enjoyable, productive and learning experience for the 15 MNS members who participated.
Birding and nature photography were carried out from the 123 year old Sri Kalliamman Temple right up to Cottage and the Telecoms towers (1400m). A total of 60 species of birds were sighted, including 7 migrants, 5 residents & migrants and 48 residents. A few rarely seen species of birds were sighted: the Blue-and-white Flycatcher (a rare passage migrant and winter visitor), the Chequer-throated Yellownape (more frequently seen in lowlands) and the Brown Wood Owl.
Other sightings which made good photographic subjects were a Muller’s Blind snake, a well camouflaged cricket, a skink and a crab!
At night, there was a power-point presentation of ‘The Birds of Bukit Larut’ by Ooi Beng Yean and ‘The Fauna of Bukit Larut’ by Chan Ah Lak.
Besides birding and nature appreciation, we also had interesting sessions of physio-therapy, cookery discussions and mahjong, especially when it was raining on the morning of the last day!
Meals were catered from Keasarjoo (Rajoo) who cooked and arranged for Lunch and Dinner to be transported up to us.
(Reported by Sharon Chan, Trip Organiser)